Brad Buchholz of the Austin American-Statesman called Ronnie Dugger “the godfather of progressive journalism in Texas.” Dugger was the founding editor of The Texas Observer from 1954 to 1961, and later served as the Observer’s publisher, spending more than 40 years with the crusading Texas tabloid. In 1966 he proposed and co-founded the Alliance for Democracy, a national grassroots anti-big-corporate organization.
Dugger edited "Three Men in Texas: Bedichek, Webb, and Dobie" for UT Press, and wrote books about a Texas pilot who helped bomb Hiroshima and about "Our Invaded Universities," and biographies of Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. He has also written for Harper's, Atlantic, The Nation, The New Yorker, and The Progressive. He has taught at the University of Virginia, Hampshire College, and the University of Illinois, and has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Shorenstein Center at the Kennedy School, Harvard.
Ronnie Dugger, who won the 2011 George Polk Award for his career in journalism, has influenced and mentored such progressive journalists as Willie Morris, Molly Ivins, Billy Lee Brammer, Lawrence Goodwyn, and Jim Hightower. He recently moved back to Austin from Cambridge, Mass.
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